In the LA Clippers’ loss last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it wasn’t the final play that concerned Clippers fans most. It wasn’t Kawhi Leonard getting his fourth career technical foul or Terance Mann getting ejected in the first half, either. It was Paul George and his unsightly landing and subsequent exit from the game.
After going up for a rebound, the eight-time All-Star collided with Lu Dort on his way down, landing awkwardly. Perhaps as frightful as his leg injury back in 2014, Clippers fans patiently waited to hear how severe the injury was and how long the superstar would be sidelined for.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Paul George suffered a sprained right knee injury and will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks:
What does Paul George’s injury mean for the LA Clippers?
This would entail that the LA Clippers will battle their final nine games without the help of Paul George. This season, when George didn’t play, the Clippers have an underwhelming record of 6-11.
As it stands, the Clippers are the fifth seed in the West, a game behind the fourth-seeded Pheonix Suns and a game above the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors. As we approach the final stretch of the season, there is no telling who will make the Playoffs: just two and a half-game differences separate LA from the 12th-seeded New Orleans Pelicans.
While playing without George isn’t ideal, there is still a chance of him returning in time for the postseason. And until then, the Clippers will try their best to hold onto the fifth seed.